As promised, I am going to take you to a familiar spot on Prince Edward Island. I know most of you have heard of Green Gables; especially our Anne!
I will be your tour guide today so please pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and join me as we tour this famous landmark on our Island.
When you first arrive at Green Gables, one can browse the Information area where they offer many photos, mementos and artifacts from LM Montgomery's life and era. They also have a film to better acquaint one with her life story.
Below is a photo of L M Montgomery at age three-three when her book, Anne of Green Gables, was first published in 1908. Sorry about the glare.
Lucy Maud at age thirty-six when she married her husband, Rev. Ewan Macdonald. That's him to the right.
Reproductions of Maud's trousseau
Next we toured the barn where one can see all the equipment which was used back in the day. Also on display are many family photos. They did a really good job and one could spend some time just reading and looking at the photographs but I know you're anxious to move on, so we will!
Aerial view of Green Gables borrowed from the Internet.
They have the most beautifully manicured golf courses there.
Out in the yard is an old carriage. Hubby posed for a picture.
Are you anxious to see the famous homestead?
First a little info on the house: The famous house known as Green Gables is a 19th century homestead which stands in a beautifully kept property now owned by the PEI Government. Little has changed in the appearance of the house and the barns have been re-constructed to complement the house.
The Green Gables farm was owned by the Macneill family, who were cousins of Lucy Maud Montgomery. The farm's name is derived from the rich dark green paint of the gables on the farmhouse. Montgomery visited the farm as a young girl and based her best-selling Anne of Green Gables books on the Green Gables farm. She drew romantic inspiration from the house as well as the surrounding area, including the Haunted Woods, Balsam Hollow, and Lovers Lane.
This is the view of the back with all the amazing vines climbing on it.
The front of the house was difficult to photograph because there were so many people coming and going. I had to stand on a bench to take the picture too because the land is so steep.
Are you ready to go indoors? The rooms are all roped off so taking pictures was a little difficult.
This is the floor plan of Green Gables so you have an idea what each floor looks like. This diagram is also borrowed from the internet.
The parlour...Love the wallpaper!
One side of the dining room.
China hutch in the kitchen...
The pantry, complete with a bowl of fresh eggs and apples.
The dishes and cookware were amazing and are the ones used from that period.
Now let's go upstairs to see Anne's room; a bright and cheerful room.
Of course there were other rooms; Marilla's, the guest room, sewing room, trunk room, and the hired help's room. Matthew's room was downstairs.
Now, let's go outside to see what the grounds have to offer.
This is part of the garden in front of the house. On the other side of this garden, down a steep incline, is the entrance to the Haunted Woods.
Here we go, the entrance to the Haunted Woods. It is about a forty-five minute walk from beginning to end through the woods.
Should one turn around, you can see the Green Gables house behind you sitting up on the hill.
Next to walking on the beach, I love walking through the woods! So peaceful!
I love the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze and the fresh air. There is always wildlife to see as well.
We had not gone very far when we came upon a clearing in the trees where this little fellow was. Mr Fox lingered just long enough for me to get a picture of him before he dashed off into the thicket.
Further on, once one gets out of the woods, is this charming book store surrounded by a white picket fence. It carries every book ever penned by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Isn't this setting simply charming?
All in this same area, is Lucy Maud's garden and the basement of her grandparents' house where she grew up.
This is the church where Montgomery and her husband ministered to their congregation. It is located not far from her garden, just a short walk through the trees.
All along the trail through the woods are placards with Montgomery's writings.
Now back through the Haunted Wood and over to another wooded area; to Balsam Hollow and Lovers Lane. This is about a thirty-five minute walk through this wood.
The ferns were lovely.
There were little streams everywhere. I loved the sound of the water bubbling over rocks and tree roots.
Something I really appreciated, there were roses everywhere and the fragrance was amazing! The rose hips were huge!
Green Gables is enchanting and everything one could hope to find nestled away in our little corner of the world. If you ever take a vacation to our fair Island, you must see it. You won't be disappointed.
So, concludes our little tour of our famous Green Gables. Anne wants to thank you all for coming. Her spirit walks about making everyone feel welcome.
Another day, I will share a daycation we took in another area of PEI.
I am joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi